Wards and departments across NHS Tayside took part in ‘What matters to you?’ day on Thursday 6 June.
The aim of ‘What matters to you?’ day is to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive care.
Angus Macmillan Day Services took part in ‘What matters to you?’ conversations all this week across the three Macmillan Units in Arbroath Infirmary, Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre and Stracathro Hospital.
Charge nurse Rachel Leonard said, “Nursing staff and patients engaged in meaningful conversations regarding the provision of health and social care.”
Each member of staff from Ward 6 at Ninewells asked three people, whether staff, patients, visitors what mattered to them at that moment in time. They then displayed some of the answers in the ward for people to read.
Senior charge nurse Nicki Hedley said, “This day is about encouraging meaningful conversations between everyone. We all wore our badges to advertise the day and every patient was given a crocheted blanket to keep which were knitted by a pharmacist and a nurse.”
Tay Ward at Perth Royal Infirmary also took part in the day with healthcare assistant Janette McNaughton taking the lead and asking all patients as well as visitors and staff ‘What matters to you?’
She then displayed some of the answers on an information stand in the ward.
Consultant physician Dr Dirk Habicht said, “We are in the process of creating a more person-centred approach to the care we provide as part of a wider improvement project.”
Staff, patients and relatives from Ward 2 in Crieff Community Hospital asked people to write a message to hang on an activity tree about what was important to them during treatment in hospital.
Some of the messages included ‘ensure patients felt valued’ and become more ‘independent before going home’.
Scotland has co-ordinated and hosted the annual ‘What matters to you?’ day since 2016 and 41 countries have taken part.
For more information and to join in visit https://www.whatmatterstoyou.scot/